Congratulations! You listed your home for sale and now you are in contract and waiting to close. But what do you have left to do on the house? Clean it of course. Most places require that the seller broom clean the home before the closing. Broom clean basically means exactly like it sounds like. You need to sweep or vacuum the floors, clean up the counters, and make sure there is nothing gross in the sinks, tubs, or toilets. But if you want to leave a good impression on the buyers, even if you are still waiting for an offer, you should go a step above and beyond this.
In addition to broom cleaning the house, you should also clean the windows, inside and out. When windows are clean, they let more light in. Clean windows can make the house feel airy and open. In addition to the windows, you should also clean the light fixtures. If the room is dim, it can feel dingy even if it is not. By dusting the lights and cleaning any dead bugs out, it also shows that you have kept the house in good condition.
Another thing you should do when cleaning your home to sell is dust the woodwork and get rid of cobwebs. This makes your home feel more inviting. It also helps show the buyers that you have kept the house up.
If you really want to impress the buyers, clean the appliances. This means cleaning the inside and outside. I know it can be a lot of extra work, especially the oven, but it can go a long way. No one wants to move in and want to fix a meal after moving all day to find the oven in need of cleaning before use.
Another thing to consider would be to clean the bathtub. A dirty tub will make buyers think poorly of the house. It is hard for most buyers to see past dirt to see the potential in a house. So put on those rubber gloves and grab the cleaner and a sponge and get to scrubbing!
If you want to get the best money for your house or just give a nice gesture to your buyer, think about this: how would you clean if your mother/mother-in-law/neat freak friend were coming over for a visit? Even think this: how do I want the house we moving into to be when we move in? If you can keep these in mind, you will have a good guideline on how to clean your house for a sale. It can be a lot of work but it will go a long way.